Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Family Cruise on the East Coast

Sail Date: October 12, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Having cruised on 3 or 4 different cruise lines more than once I have to say that Norwegian cruise line in the best.  The food while not gourmet quality, is more than decent, and the crew is very attentive and pleasant.  We cruised from NYC to Nova Scotia and then returned, stopping in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  This is not a cruise for youngsters in that most of the attractions are scenic, and costly.  But the cruise itself was great.  The shows were really top-notch and Norwegian always goes the extra mile for their passengers.  In several ports, there was hot chocolate and cookies waiting for us and at one port when it started to rain, crew members were at the ready handing out plastic ponchos.  Very thoughtful. Our rooms were clean and inviting and our steward went the extra mile and showed my 10-year old grandson how to make towel animals.  There were many dining venues and the fact that you don't have to carry evening clothes and dine at a specific time makes dinners far more enjoyable.  All in all, one of the best cruise experiences.

Ship Quality
Sparkiing clean inside and out
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
shows better than average
Children's Programs don't know
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
New York, New York
What could be better than NY?
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Little interest for the kids
Saint John, New Brunswick
Bar Harbor, Maine
Boston, Massachusetts
Costly excursions
Newport, Rhode Island
Touring mansions good, even for kids


Skip the formal dining and eat in the buffets. Food is good and easier to deal with when traveling with children.

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